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For many months we have been studying on Sunday nights some doctrinal themes, that is subjects which the Bible discusses, about which God has spoken which are critical to our faith and life. And beginning tonight and for a few weeks to come, we're going to be looking at the inspiration and authority of Scripture. We open the Word of God every time we come together in the services on the Lord's day, in the classes that occur around this church campus, both Sunday morning and Sunday evening, in the classes that occur through the week in the Bible studies, that occur in communities all around, as you gather in small groups, the Word of God is opened in your homes. Many of you are regularly reading through the Word of God day by day. The Word of God is the topic of our conversation and it is in our judgment the path, as the Scripture itself says, "The Word is the way...the Word is the lamp as well as the path."

We believe in the Word of God. We believe that it is inspired. We believe that it is without error in the original autographs and God has protected and preserved it to this day so that it substantially remains faithful to its original revelation. We believe that when the Word speaks, we are commanded to listen. That's why the Bible is the theme of everything we do. We define life and ministry in biblical terms. It is what we believe, it is how we behave and it is the message we proclaim. And the Bible claims to be the very Word of God and it does so in an unaffected and unambiguous way. Old Testament writers, for example, refer to what they wrote as the very words of God over 3800 times. New Testament writers quote the Old Testament as the Word of God 320 times and refer to it at least a thousand times. And New Testament writers repeatedly claim divine inspiration as did the Old. Jesus Himself claims that both the Old Testament and the New Testament are inspired by God....

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